TOUR GUIDING

Some folk come to South Africa on a “package” tour accompanied by a guide and usually in a large group where hotels and itineraries have been organised by the “tour operator”
An increasing number of people, with the advent of the internet, are booking their own flights, hire cars and accommodation but are not really sure where to go and what to see…and some are apprehensive of “security” during their stay. This is where Faircape Travel can help you;- based on our significant experience, we give you our BEST ADVICE on where to stay and what to do and see. We receive a modest commission from accommodations we book on your behalf but the commission comes from THEM and NOT from YOU, so our advice and recommendations come to you, effectively, FREE of CHARGE !
So whether it`s just an airport transfer or a guided orientation tour of Cape Town and her surrounds or designing a fully comprehensive itinerary, for example, up the Garden Route, making the reservations with hotels/guesthouses/game lodges, golf courses and restaurants, Faircape Travel is who you should be emailing and getting to know.
If you are just one person or a large group, we can design and guide you in comfort and safety providing a background of information and knowledge to enhance your South African experience.
We can meet you at the airport and transfer you swiftly to your accommodation, provide you with Rand at a bank-beating rate, a South African sim card for your mobile phone and introduce you to the best value South Africa has to offer.
Listed below, and to whet your appetite, are just a few of the tours we can guide you on while you are staying in Cape Town so why not contact us today?
We look forward to welcoming you to “The Fairest Cape of all” (Sir Francis Drake, the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world)

Cape Peninsula Tour
Experience some of the most spectacular marine views in the world as we follow the coast- line all the way around the Cape Peninsula, travelling the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive as well as seeing the villages of False Bay (including the “Bohemian” Kalk Bay, with its Art and Antique shops), Kommetjie, Hout Bay, Llandudno, Clifton and the other villages on the Atlantic seaboard. Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve are the highlights of the day, where we spend time on the most South Westerly tip of Africa, from where, if the world was flat and our eyes were powerful enough, we could see Montevideo in Uruguay! We see Simon’s Town and we visit the Penguin colony at Boulders Beach, where we get right up close to the African Penguins! It`s best to operate this tour in a clockwise direction so our vehicle is always on the left (we drive on the left in South Africa) and thus nearest the ocean views at all times. As we drive towards Cape Town at the end of our day we might enjoy a “sun-downer” at Camps Bay while watching the sun drop into the sea?


Cape Town City Sightseeing
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells, geography and history of South Africa’s “Mother City”. On this tour you will soon realize why Cape Town is now the #1 city in the world as far as “Trip Advisor” is concerned and why, recently, she has been named “World Design Capital.” You will receive insights and anecdotes of this beautiful, diverse and dynamic city as we take it all in at ground level. On the “menu” is the Waterfront, Signal Hill, the Castle (South Africa’s oldest building), District 6, the Slave Lodge, the Company Gardens, the Mount Nelson Hotel, Strand, Adderley and Long Streets, the Bo-Kaap, Heerengracht and lots more besides. This tour can be either a half or full day and can include visiting a tanzanite/ diamond shop.

 

Nearby Private Game Reserves
Nearby Private Game Reserves (Aquila, Inverdoorn and Faerie Glen). All three of these private game reserves are +/- a two hour drive from Cape Town in the southern Karoo desert and, aside from the big five, (elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino) they are also home to hippo, giraffe and over 170 different species of birds. Safaris include full traditional game drives. Considered one of the top 10 daytrip destinations by Sawabona Magazine, these Reserves are a major Cape Town tourist attraction. Faircape Travel can either arrange for you to stay overnight or drive you there and back in the day. These visits are ideal for those on a tight schedule (or budget) not having the time to visit the Kruger or the reserves in the Eastern Cape.

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Shark Cage Diving. The Great White Shark.
Visiting South Africa is no longer just about seeing the BIG 5, but more about the BIG 7 (whales and sharks too).Leaving Cape Town, we travel towards Gansbaai (about a 2 hour drive). We enjoy splendid views over False Bay, and we pass various villages including Grabouw, famous for its fruit-growing orchards. We then travel through Hermanus, one of the best land-based whale watching areas in the world. The excursion to Geyser and Dyer Islands begins at the picturesque Kleinbaai Harbour, starting with an educational briefing over a light meal. The boat trip takes about 3 hours during which you will meet sharks “up close and personal” but from the sanctuary of a cage lowered into the sea, and a warming wet-suit. After the boat trip, you will enjoy another light meal while watching film-footage of your shark experience. Our return to Cape Town is via the Sir Lowry`s Pass affording spectacular views over False Bay and Table Mountain in the distance.

 

Cape Agulhas, the Southern-most point of the Continent of Africa.
To the men of the sailing ships, the Cape of Good Hope was, indisputably, the meeting place of the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans, while Cape Agulhas was a place where remarkable changes in magnetic forces occurred which is why the early Portuguese seafarers named “Agulhas” after their compass needles. Standing with your back to the two oceans at Agulhas it is amazing to think that in front of you, and for the next 7,000 kilometres lies the largest desert in the world, the second largest lake, the longest river and some 53 countries that make up the continent of Africa……..before you, and eventually, lies Kilimanjaro, the equator, the Pyramids and ultimately the Mediterranean sea and it is then easier to understand the vision of Cecil Rhodes with his obsession to build a railway from “Cape to Cairo”. If you turn around and, with your back now to Africa, you can look across the vast distance and expanse of water and imagine the icy wastes of Antarctica. It is a humbling thought to realise that so many of the early navigators perished on the rocks and waves off the coast of Africa trying to find the very spot you are now standing on and yet you were driven here this morning by air-conditioned vehicle! Our journey to Cape Agulhas takes us along the N2 as far as Caledon where we head towards Bredasdorp famous for wool and wild flowers including the Bredasdorp Lily. We will lunch at Cape Agulhas before our return to Cape Town. We cannot help but retrace our steps to Cape Town but , on the return journey we will stop in a lay-by at the top of Sir Lowry`s pass to stare in wonder at the view across False Bay to Table Mountain and the “Mother City” of Cape Town itself.

 

Whale-Watching in Hermanus (mid-July/mid-November).
The coastal town of Hermanus, only a 90 minute drive from Cape Town, lies between the fynbos-covered mountains and the waves of the Atlantic, and between mid-July and mid-November, Hermanus is said to be the world’s best land-based whale-watching location (each year the whales migrate from the icy Antarctic Seas).Hermanus forms the centre of the Cape Whale Route and is surrounded by a conservation area. Our tour travels, initially, to Strand and Gordons Bay, before hugging the coastal road of False Bay through Rooiels to Betty`s Bay where we visit the less well-known, but similarly fascinating, African Penguin colony. If we are lucky, we will also see “Dassies” which resemble a large rat but are, in fact, related to the Elephant! We travel on through Kleinmond before arriving in Hermanus where, in season, we enjoy watching the whales frolicking in Walker Bay. We lunch here while keeping an eye on the antics of the whales. We can spend the rest of the day in Hermanus or we can visit a vineyard for a wine tasting or we can drive via the Theewaterskloof dam over the mountains to Franschhoek before heading home. On our journey home on the N2, we will stop at the top of Sir Lowry`s Pass to gaze in wonder at the sweep of False Bay with Table Mountain beyond and, hopefully, see some baboons. (This is a great day out even when the whales are not here to greet us.)

 

Picnic cruise on the Breede River
Only a 90 minute drive from Cape Town, the Robertson Wine Valley nestles between the Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges and is irrigated by the Breede River which meanders through the entire valley providing the precious water to enable the orchards and vineyards of the valley to flourish. Our full day tour starts by heading up the N1, skirting Stellenbosch and Paarl, and travelling into the Karoo desert through the Huguenot Tunnel towards Worcester. Our day in the fertile valley sees us visiting Robertson, Ashton, Montagu and Bonnievale making various stops for wine tastings on the way. The highlight of our day is a 1 hour cruise on the Breede River at Viljoensdrift where we sail serenely up and down the river while eating our picnic lunch and sipping some local wine. On our way back to Cape Town we take the N2 initially but head off to the picturesque villages of Greyton and Genadendal. At the top of Sir Lowrys Pass we stop to gaze in awe at the site of False Bay on our left, the Cape Flats below, the mountains of Stellenbosch to our right and Table Mountain beyond.

Explore the UNIVERSE with Faircapetravel.
Join us on an exclusive guided tour to Sutherland and the famous star- gazing machine called “SALT” on a 2 or 3 day trip which also takes in historic Matjiesfontein. Fascinated by the bright lights that pepper our skies? Want to get up close and personal with the amazing Southern African Large Telescope (SALT)? Then join us in the chilly Karoo and learn how astronomers use this sophisticated instrument to explore the heavens and look back in time. We travel the N1 through the Huguenot tunnel into the Karoo via Worcester and Touws River and the Hex River Valley. We can either carry on straight to Sutherland in the Northern Cape to stay 1 night in a cosy B&B, enjoy dinner, visit SALT itself, enjoy a 2 hour star-gazing experience and breakfast the following day before returning to Cape Town after a short stop in Matjiesfontein, best described as an “eccentric, British, Victorian time warp”, or, if you want to savour your time and experience more of Matjiesfontein, then why not stretch the tour into a 2 night/3 day trip staying 2 nights in Matjiesfontein and visiting Sutherland and SALT, after breakfast on day 2, returning to the Lord Milner hotel, Matjiesfontein in the late evening after star-gazing? Matjiesfontein is where South Africa`s first house containing electricity, a telephone and flushing toilet is located and you can visit the two fascinating museums and take a short ride on an authentic (1950) London, red, double-decker bus…………….see the pitch which hosted the first ever cricket match between an X1 representing England V South Africa.

 

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.
The Western Cape forms, by far, the smallest Floral Kingdom in the world (of which, there are 8 in the entire world) and Kirstenbosch is “The most beautiful garden in South Africa”. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. (If you are feeling energetic, why not ask us about how you walk up and/or down Table Mountain through “Skeleton Gorge” at the back of Kirstenbosch?) Situated only a short distance out of downtown Cape Town is the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with beautiful walks amongst flowers, shrubs and trees from all over the world. There are greenhouses too, packed with fascinating and exotic plants both indigenous and otherwise. Depending on your degree of interest for all things floral, we can arrange an expert guide to walk and talk you through Kirstenbosch as well as any one or all of the other specialist gardens in the area that are open to the public. (Our garden tours visit any number of excellent and varied gardens most of which are within 2 hours drive of Cape Town—— ——-ask us about the others please.)

 

Constantia Valley Winelands

Discover Cape Town’s original and most intimate wine route and learn about the history of the oldest wine-growing area in Southern Africa. We can visit any or a number of farms including “Groot” and “Klein” (Big and Little) Constantia, Beau Constantia, Eagles` Nest, Constantia Glen, Buitenverwachting, Steenberg and Constantia Uitsig. “Every stranger who arrives at the Cape…makes a point of visiting the Village of Constantia and those famous wine plantations, for these, along with Table Mountain, are looked upon as the great and first objects of curiosity at the Cape” (Robert Percival, English officer arriving in the Cape in 1796) Groot Constantia was the original vineyard planted in 1685 and it was vines taken from here that kick-started the Australian wine industry. Klein Constantia is famous for the Dessert Wines much appreciated by Napoleon Bonaparte while in exile on St Helena and, more recently, by most European Royalty and Aristocracy. This tour is ideal for those not wishing to drive as far out as Franschhoek , Paarl and Stellenbosch and can easily be adapted to either a half day or full “gourmet day” including lunch, perhaps, at the world famous “La Colombe” restaurant? We can also see the famous Newlands cricket and rugby grounds as well as the Cecil Rhodes memorial.

 

The Cape Winelands of Franschhoek & Stellenbosch
Welcome to the world famous Cape Wine Country where you will be overwhelmed by the sheer romance and beauty of the undulating vineyards and endless blue skies set against a backdrop of the majestic Western Cape Mountains. Within an hour of leaving Cape Town, we find ourselves in the famous Stellenbosch region where we enjoy a wine tasting at one of the local wine estates like Waterford where we can do a simultaneous chocolate and wine tasting! (There are enough wine farms out here to visit a different one each day of the year but If you have a favourite South African wine, we can take you to the vineyard it came from). We see “Die Braak,” Dorp street and “Oom Samie se Winkel” (perhaps the strangest shop in the world?).The tour continues to the beautiful village of Franschhoek (the culinary capital of South Africa) for lunch and more wine tastings! We can then head off towards Paarl, passing Drakenstein prison (from where Nelson Mandela began his “Long Walk to Freedom”) We see Paarl Rock, (after Ayers Rock in Australia, the largest Monolith in the world). Mountains, vineyards, great food and superb wine will make this day well worth your while.

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Flower Tour
(during the spring flower season August/September).Between the mountains of the Western Cape and the sea, is a sandy, low-lying plain stretching from the Cape Flats along the western coastline to Langebaan and known as the “Sandveld” which is home to hundreds of species of wild flowers in the flowering season. Our tour will include a stop at Bloubergstrand to take photos of the picture-postcard view of Table Mountain in the background across the sea. We will also stop in Langebaan to admire the lagoon and take lunch there in one of the many seaside restaurants, or lunch in Paternoster instead (it`s up to you to decide). After lunch, we will drive into the West Coast National Park to enjoy the tapestry of colours carpeting the Sandveld. We might also see some of the unbelievable influx of migrating wading birds including curlew sandpipers, sanderlings and knots. (NB We can guide you up the West Coast to Paternoster and Langebaan outside the flower season too.)

 

Whatever it is you want, Faircape will tailor your tour to suit your particular interests, pocket and tastes. I can also book tee-times at local golf courses or arrange for you to look at Diamonds/Tanzanite. Finally, I can also take you to the airport on your day of departure. Price. I am a fully qualified and accredited South African tour guide. My price for guiding and driving you depends on a number of factors;-

• Do you want me to use my vehicle and fuel or yours? If you want to drive your hire vehicle then you can hire me to guide you by the hour/half day or day.

• How many of you are taking the trip?

• Is it a full day or part-day trip?

Whatever I quote you is for making use of my vehicle, fuel, time and knowledge and does not include entrance to National Parks etc. or my meals while with you. (Needless to say I do not drink alcohol of any description while on duty with you). If you would prefer to use your vehicle and fuel then obviously my quote will be cheaper.

If you would like to book a tour or airport transfer or just discuss ideas for tours, then please contact John, at Faircape Travel on;- www.faircapetravel.com  Enquiries:- jbatchlor@kingsley.co.za  Phone- John on +27(0)82 646 5026 or +27(0)21 671 9509

FOR BUSINESSMEN
Rather than have a business meeting in a stuffy Cape Town office, why not book John and his Chrysler Voyager (Limited Edition vehicle with 6 passenger seats but most comfortable with up to 4 business passengers) equipped with video, air conditioning and laptop electrical power points, to take you to see Whales in Hermanus or Great White Sharks in Klein Baai ? This could be an incentive or reward for sales staff, a small Board meeting or a trip to impress your overseas clients or investors! John can be hired for the half or full day or even longer if required. (Such justifiable business trips are also tax allowable and deductible)[/note]

 

John and his 7-seater Chrysler Voyager, and enjoying the view on top of Table Mountain. NB. If it`s not John and not the Chrysler, it`s not FaircapeTravel looking after you!